VA Majors must enter 2 contests before the end of the school year.  You can search out “Student Contests” or “Art Contests” on your own on the internet.  Be sure to provide documentation on a VA Entry Form and a copy of your entry and entry form, especially if you enter on line.


Mural Design Competition

Project Overview

A permanent mural that reflect 50/50 Bookstore’s heart for the community will be installed on the North side of the bookstore’s building off of I-70 and Colorado. This image will represent the Park Hill neighborhood as Denver locals and visitors drive down I-70. Through a jury process, the panel will select individual students or student design teams to produce mural designs. Faculty and staff of the Visual Arts Department at Denver School of the Arts are encouraged to reach out to student organizations for support and participation in the collaboration.

Historical & Cultural Background

Park Hill was platted in 1887 by Baron Alois von Winckler, and the first homes were offered for sale in 1900. As the neighborhood grew, settlers from many nations, including England, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy, moved in, as did African Americans. After World War II, residential development increased in the northern part of the neighborhood. Today, both South and North Park Hill remain diverse communities representing many ethnic backgrounds.

Project Description

The design is intended to create a public space that makes the unique Park Hill community visible. If you were visiting Denver and saw a mural that made you think “this is a unique community”, what would that mural look like? In other words, what makes this community unique?

Site Description

The mural will be installed on the North side of 50/50 Bookstore’s building, facing I-70. I-70 is a high-traffic zone with over 100,000 cars passing by everyday. The wall is approximately 72 ft. x 24 ft.

Scope of Work

Production of digital files for printing on vinyl screens. Designs must be original designs created for this selection process. Individuals or Design Teams will retain copyright of mural; however, the physical mural becomes the property of 50/50 Bookstore and the image may be reproduced and used for publicity purposes by 50/50 Bookstore.

1. Award: $300 for selected design

2. Artist eligibility: Individuals and/or design teams comprised of currently enrolled students at DSA.

Students from all majors across DSA are encouraged to apply.

3. Selection process:

• January 9: Announce Request for Proposals (RFP).

• March 29: Submissions deadline

• April 5: Design selected

• April 12: Installation begins

• May 11: Mural unveiling

4. How to submit: Design teams are required to submit digital files (PDF documents, Illustrator files, Photoshop files, TIFF files, JPEG files) at full size (4×6 foot) in 300 dpi or better. A one-page written narrative describing your approach and the intended meaning of your design. A list of the student(s), major, and year (Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or alumni)

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